It’s Time For An Adult Assessment

With the anniversaries of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki upon us, it might be a good time for right-wingers and self-identified conservatives to take a big-boy look at these events. Two columns below force us to take an uncomfortable closer look at events we have been told to cheer.

We have to face the fact that something is not automatically okay or right simply because it was done by the U.S.

Terrorism By Any Reasonable Definition – The Beacon: Sixty-seven years ago, on August 6, 1945, the Truman administration dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, instantly killing tens of thousands of men, women, and children, and causing a nuclear catastrophe that took thousands of more lives in the weeks and years that followed. Three days later, on August 9, the U.S. followed up by dropping a plutonium bomb on Nagasaki.

This is a little longer, but chock-full of food for thought.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki by Ralph Raico: The most spectacular episode of Truman’s presidency will never be forgotten, but will be forever linked to his name: the atomic bombings of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, and of Nagasaki three days later. Probably around two hundred thousand persons were killed in the attacks and through radiation poisoning; the vast majority were civilians, including several thousand Korean workers. Twelve U.S. Navy fliers incarcerated in a Hiroshima jail were also among the dead.

Related links:
Why My Lai and Not Hiroshima?
August 9, 1945, a Date that Will Live in Infamy

  • Jason

    The Hiroshima and Nagasaki events are two edged swords. On one hand, yes there were Japanese civilians that were collateral damages. However, as the US and allied troops were closing in to Japan, the more vicious they were becoming especially in Asian countries they were occupying. A few months before the A-bombs, there was what happened in Manila where about 100,000 civilian died,. mostly they were carnaged by rampaging Japanese troops. The bothering thing about this is that certain documents were found that these weren’t random killing but organized and authorized killing of Manila civilians. When the battle ended, not one Japanese was arrested because they were either killed or committed suicide.

    The problem with discussing Nagasaki and Hiroshima in the West is that it is often devoid of the inputs of Asian countries brutally occupied by Japan (China, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines). You see, Japanese troops stationed in the Philippines alone were 300,000 and by the end of the war, they were almost dead — either killed or they killed themselves.

    For many Asians, the A-bombs SUDDENLY stopped the war. It is quite sad that editorials like those can talk about Nagasaki and Hiroshima but not about what happened in Manila and Nanking. Actually, the Battle of Manila is almost forgotten.

    To add insult to the injury, there is an effort by the Japanese government to date to try to whitewash/erase this tainted chapter of Japan’s history. Ask a normal Japanese youth what they know of WW2, it is limited to Pearl Harbor and A-bombs. The brutal occupation of other Asian countries is still denied. The widespread use of Comfort women.This then create hostilities regarding it’s neighbors especially Korea and China. There are strong anti-Japanese sentiments over there brought about by Japan’s denial of their WW2 participation.

    I am not justifying Nagasaki or Hiroshima. But I think taking a SERIOUS look on the events in other Asian countries occupied by Japan should be looked at side by side.

  • Jason

    It is possible that had the A-bombs not been dropped, the Japanese government could have been more than willing to let their civilians die to “save face” which would mean, almost extinction of the Japanese people or could have held hostage their own civilian population just like what they did to Nanking in 1942 and in Manila in 1945.

    Even the Battle of Okinawa is controversial between the main island Japanese and Okinawans. The Japanese imperial army ordered many Okinawans to commit suicide when the US was advancing. The Japanese government wanted to remove this part in the history book which angers Okinawans.

    It is sad that the A-bombs and attack on Pearl Harbor and the only highlighted events in the Pacific war in many Western textbooks. None of the Asian version of the “Holocaust”.